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American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
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Office of

Randy Cunningham


Total cost of 29 office trips: $111,350.29


Trips by Randy Cunningham
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $25,572.04

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: DSR, INC. SPONSORED THE TRIP ZIFF-DAVIS COMPANY DID THE REIMBURSEMENTS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,288.70
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: BAR ASSOCIATION OF SERBIA
Purpose: SPEAKING AND AWARD ACCEPTANCE EVENT
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $588.44
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT DINNER
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,337.50
source

Destination: SIOUX FALLS, SD
Sponsor: American Gas Association
Purpose: ATTEND THE ANNUAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Sep 28, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,030.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SAUDI ARABIA TO SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Ziyad Abduljawad
Purpose: TO MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO PROMOTE DISCOURSE AND BETTER RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,537.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SAUDI ARABIA TO SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Ziyad Abduljawad
Purpose: TO MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO PROMOTE DISCOURSE AND BETTER RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS. (*NOTE: DUE TO SECURITY CONCERNS, I STAYED IN A PRIVATE HOME AND ATE IN PRIVATE HOMES. LISTED BELOW ARE MY BEST ESTIMATES REGARDING EXPENSES)
Date: Dec 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,789.90
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Randy Cunningham

Harmony Allen
Tillie Fowler
Katie Hanvey
Dewitt Hardin
David Heil
Nancy Lifset
Kathleen Shields
Victoria Stackwick
Erin Strawn



American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.